The boot welcomes you to happy hour. Image via Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen's Facebook page.

There seems to be a rise in new restaurants and bars opening with Southern imbued menus lately. Which is good for us because that means more fried green tomotoes, mac and cheese combos, and fritters of many flavors. Church-themed bar Witness came to Capitol Hill recently with refurbished church parts, but instead of all the guilt, there’s poutine and fried chicken and waffles—and a great happy hour. Which inspires this week’s post of Southern-style happy hours around the city.

From 4 to 6pm daily you can repent in a different way: Sit in an old church pew while basking in faux-stained glass window light as adorable bartenders in suspenders mix up $6 churchy-cocktails. Try "The Son of the Preacher Man" which is bourbon, black tea, lemon, and honey syrup. An Elvis sandwich with peanut butter, bacon, and banana, poutine, corn-jalapeno fritters, bacon peaches, and country pate comes in at $6 as well. Amen to that.

Kingfish Cafe
For sister owners Laurel and Leslie Coaston, Southern food is a family tradition. And for over ten years now, they have continued that tradition at their cafe in North Capitol Hill with hearty home-cooked-style meals. Monday through Friday from 4 to 6pm, sweet potato fries, pickled shrimp with grits, bbq pork sliders, mac and cheese, and catfish bites are all under $7. There are house cocktail specials, select beers for $2, and wine for $5.

Brass Tacks
This stylish spot in Georgetown is ripe with Southern-style, with an eclectic mix of funky furniture and artwork. Play shuffle board or foosball during happy hour Tuesday through Saturday while drinking $3 wells, $1 Rainer tallboys, or $4 house wine and prosecco. The Painted Hills burger with melted onions, white cheddar, and garlic aioli is only $6 and all other “nosh” items, like fried green tomatoes and beer nuts, are a buck off.   

Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen
A large neon cowboy boot sign welcomes you to this Ballard house of smoked meats, whiskey, and fried chicken. And happy hour is everyday from 3:30 to 6pm, with $2.50 sliders of pulled pork or brisket, a fried chicken biscuit with gravy for $7, and cornmeal-crusted fried green tomatoes with creole aioli for $5. As well as a large selection of sides, like mac and collard greens, for $6. It's $1.50 off draft beers, and Rainier and Pabst tallboys are $2.50, which pair nicely with one of the many, many bourbon and whiskey selections.